Next week is the start of Week 3 gone vegetarian. Vegetarian is definitely going to be the easiest of all these experiments for us, since we are really only cutting out meat. BUT, it has been eye opening. A LOT more planning is involved with going veggie to get the correct amount of nutrients. No more meat + vegetable + complex carb combo. Instead, we’ve been trying different protein sources
I have never been able to do tofu except this recipe
Exactly, it’s chocolate pudding.
Tempeh is HORRIBLE tasting, no matter what I try to do with it. Sorry vegetarians. And, the extra amount of beans we’ve been eating has made life… well interesting around here. Let’s just say diapers aren’t the only smelly things in these parts. Yea, I just said that.
I’ve always eaten beans and legumes, but not THIS much. I’ve noticed a little extra bloat because of this. Interested to see how Paleo month goes, since it cuts out beans/legumes completely.
Justin and I miss meat- the convenience of it, the fact that it fills us up and that it’s a complete protein. Yes, so is quinoa, but I can’t eat it for every. single. meal. Just for comparison, 1 serving of chicken (3-4oz) has roughly 21g protein. In order to get this from a veggie source, you’d need:
1 cup plus 2.5 TBS of lentils
1 and 1/3 c of black beans
1 and 1/2 c of chickpeas
That’s a LOT of beans and legumes, considering 1 serving is usually 1/2 cup cooked. Not to mention, you usually need to pair a bean with a grain in order to get a complete protein.
Makes a case for being non-vegetarian. This article also had me against this whole month’s experiment
BUT, in defense of vegetarians, remember this post I wrote about how much protein you actually need? And…
What this picture doesn’t tell you is that’s the percentage of calories that come from protein in each- NOT your daily recommended intake. In other words…
YES, but 100 calories of broccoli is a lot of food (3 cups), compared to 100 calories of beef,
Excited that paleo is all about some meat eating. I miss fish and bison (not so much chicken).
Anyways, we do have one week left. So here’s what’s on the menu
Vegetarian meatballs with spaghetti squash and kale
Quinoa stuffed bell peppers with swiss chard
Shrimp and asparagus with rice (yes I realize shrimp is technically an animal product, but I need it in my life)
Frozen pizza. Duh.
Out in VA Beach before the Shamrock Half Marathon Sunday!
What are your thoughts on going veggie?